Shepherd's Pie

Mario Batali
Servings: 8
30 to 60 min

A tasty comfort food that will keep your belly warm and your guests full!

  • Ingredients
  • step-by-step directions
Shepherd's Pie
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 16 ounces Irish Sausage or Sweet Sausage (removed from casings)
  • 4 ounces Bacon (chopped)
  • 2 Carrots (peeled and cut in 1/2 moons)
  • 2 Leeks (split, chopped)
  • 1 ounce Irish Whiskey (or Whiskey)
  • 3 tablespoons Flour
  • 1 cup Chicken Stock
  • 1 cup Peas (fresh or frozen)
  • Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
  • 3 pounds Yukon Gold Potatoes (peeled)
  • 1 cup Olive Oil
  • In a cast iron skillet over medium heat, add the Olive Oil and Sausage and cook until it has crisped and rendered its fat. Add the Bacon and cook until crisp.
  • Add the Carrots, Leeks, cooking until the vegetables have softened. Deglaze the pan with Whiskey.
  • Add the Flour and cook until the Flour has integrated and a wet sand texture. Add the Peas and Chicken Stock. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cook until the sauce comes together and thickens, about 10 minutes.
  • Pipe the Mashed Potatoes over the top of the filling and transfer to the oven. Broil for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown and crisp.
  • For Mashed Potatoes: Place Potatoes in a large pot and cover with Water by 3 inches. Bring to a boil and season with Salt. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until fork tender. Drain and set aside until cool enough to handle.
  • Press the Potatoes through a ricer. Whisk in about 1 cup of Olive Oil. Transfer to a piping bag.
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